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Tips to
Protect your Rugs
from Moth Damage

We are here to help in the effort of keeping damaging insects out of your rugs.

Here are some tips:

  • Vacuum the face of the rug weekly & then periodically turn the rug upside-down and vacuum the back.
  • Clean up spills immediately. Tips for cleaning up different types of spills
  • Regularly inspect your rugs, and pay attention to any moth larvae you may notice and bare spots in the rug. Moths are known to eat the wool pile from the back side of the rugs while leaving the cotton foundation. Moth larvae can look like sticky lint or spider webs.
  • When you have your rugs professionally washed, have the professionally apply moth repellent to the rug — this process makes the rug taste bad for moths.
  • Moths like dark, undisturbed places — particularly under heavy furniture.
  • Moths find dirty rugs more appetizing. So this is why periodic professional washing is critical. Industry standards recommend having your rugs washed every 1-3 years.
  • Moths do not like bright sunlight. So, if possible, bring your rugs outside in the sun a couple of times a year for a few hours.
  • Use a high-quality rug pad under your rugs. This helps eliminate air pockets where moths and other bugs can live.
  • If you store your wool rugs, we recommend first having your rugs professionally washed and treated with moth repellent, and never use plastic wrap.

If you do notice a moth infestation in your rugs, a pest control specialist needs to be called for treatment prior to the rug being taken in to be professionally washed.

Remember, the best protection for your rugs is regular vacuuming of both sides, and routine washing.

Woolsafe approved rug cleaning solutions

Prestige Carpet Care follows industry guidelines by using WoolSafe approved cleaning solutions.

When you're ready, we're here to help.

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If you have any questions about this article, or questions related to cleaning carpet, upholstery, and area rugs, and maintaining a healthy home, please feel free to give me a call, and let's talk!

Bill Corridan, Prestige Carpet Care

Owner and Master Cleaner
Prestige Carpet Care

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